As a PhD student from the Department of Chemistry&Biochemistry Department, I've been a TA in chemistry for six years. After spending 6 hours/week organizing labs and 3 hours/week in the study center tutoring students with chemistry problems, I have a very good idea of what students could encounter while studying chemistry. I also have a great deal of experience in explaining chemistry theory as I make presentations for every classes I taught and supervised as a head TA.
As a native Mandarin Chinese speaker, and with my experience of successfully fitting into a completely different language and culture environment, I'm very confident in tutoring people who are trying to learn a new and very different language.
Ohio University-Main Campus - Bachelors, Polymer Science and Engineering
Ohio University-Main Campus - PhD, chemistry
GRE Quantitative: 800
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Try giving examples and explain in more understandable ways. After different examples, work with the student to figure a summary for most of the words that's stopping them from understanding.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
First, talk with them about what's their big problem, and then giving examples to test it. We then focus on the hard part and it will be easier to go on from there.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Let them try to understand first, and then explain to them in my way. Compare their ways and my way to figure out a better way of learning.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By dividing the subject into different parts with different levels of difficulties. Each time student achieves one level, give them a compliment to encourage them.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By talking with them, giving them examples of problems and evaluating their answers. After I make my evaluation, talk with the student again to make sure no misunderstanding happens.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Figure out the student’s needs first. If the student wants to target towards test score, then teach more about exam skills. If the student wants to learn deeper knowledge, then starting from basics and go step by step for better understanding.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Text book, internet, and other related books in the field.
What is your teaching philosophy?
Make sure the student understands and follows well for each step.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Talk with the students for their strong and weak points in the subject. Then give example questions for evaluation and make a schedule.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
For a problem, ask the students to try it first. Then explain my way of solution, and encourage and help the students to find their own way of solving problems.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Divide a problem into different levels. For the accomplishment of each level, give them a compliment and encourage them to go to the next level.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Figure out what is stopping them. Most of the time the student knows most of it, there is usually something in particular that's stopping them. I need to figure that out and help them.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I'll explain the subject from the easiest level by making questions, if they get it, then we can continue to the next level. By going from easiest to hard level, I think students would be more confident in themselves and be more interested in the subject.